A British Medical Journal study has linked the common painkiller ibuprofen to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack over high dose long term usage. While these can be bought to treat minor aches and pains the study concerned drugs prescribed in high doses by doctors to treat painful conditions like osteoarthritis etc
Ibuprofen Found To Treble Risk Of Stroke In High Doses
In comparisons with a dummy drug ibuprofen was linked to the highest risk of stroke with more than treble the risk. Diclofenac also increased the risk of stroke to a nearsimilar level while this drug along with etoricoxib led to the risk of death from cardiovascular disease increasing by around four times.
In 29 of the trials there were a total of 554 heart attacks and in 26 trials there were 377 strokes. In 28 trials there were 676 deaths. While the number of heart attacks and strokes is still low compared to the large number of participants The University Of Bern Switzerland who authored the study remarked that in cardiovascular terms there was ‘little evidence to suggest any of the drugs were safe’.
More Research Needed Into Painkiller Risks
While the trials were extensive with 116000 participants taking part in 30 different trials more research would be welcome to gather a clearly picture of the safety of these drugs for they do provide effective pain relief for millions world wide.
This latest study follows hot on the heels of the sensation regarding dangerous diabetes drug Avandia the subject of a Panorama documentary last December. Further reading here here and here.
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